Sunday, January 20, 2013

Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G 240GB

Why You'll Dig it:

How is it that a company that’s been in business for nearly two and half decades and now makes some of the fastest consumer SSDs manages to fly under the radar of so many power users? Those of you already familiar with Other World Computing (aka OWC) already know the answer.

See, OWC, which is headquartered in Woodstock (Illinois, that is, not that Woodstock) is one of the leading online Mac retailers. In fact, OWC’s URL is www.mac Mac fanatics know that OWC is a veritable one-stop shop for all things Mac—software, accessories, component upgrades, etc. That said, even the PC faithful owe it to themselves to get acquainted with OWC; as we mentioned, OWC has an impressive line of solid-state drives. The Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G just happens to be one of the fastest SSDs we’ve ever tested.

The cheetah’s out of the bag, as it were, but let’s take a closer look at what makes this animal so wickedly fast. SandForce’s SF-2200 controller, which needs no introduction at this point, is the Hemi under the Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G’s hood. The SF-2200 is the controller of choice for the vast majority of today’s cutting-edge enthusiast SSDs, so we’re not terribly surprised to see it here. The Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G is also outfitted with synchronous NAND flash, which gives it a nice boost when you’re dealing with data that’s already compressed.

OWC advertises 479MBps and 282MBps peak read and write speeds, respectively, with a workload of incompressible data.

The Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G’s performance alone makes it a legitimate contender, but OWC has a few more tricks up its sleeve. For starters, OWC lets you take this SSD for a 30-day spin around your own personal test track, and if you don’t like it, OWC will take it back and give you a full refund. Because we can’t imagine a sane person actually returning this drive, what type of warranty are we looking at, OWC? What’s that you say, five years? Why, thank you—you really are too kind.

In a ridiculously crowded, unbelievably competitive SSD market, OWC stands out as one of the leaders. Keep a close eye on this company. We’re guessing the bestkept secret in solid-state storage won’t be a secret much longer.

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Product Details and Features

Key Features
HDD Form Factor : 2.5'
Capacity : 240 GB
Designation : Laptop Computer
Type : SSD (Solid State Drive)
Interface : Serial ATA
Enclosure : External
Technical Features
External Data Transfer Rate : 300 MBps
Interface (Detailed): Serial ATA II • Serial ATA 3
Other Features
Platform : PC, Mac
Brand : OWC
Package Qty. : 1
Height : 0.37 in.
Depth : 3.94 in.
Width : 2.76 in.
Weight : 0.176 lb

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